Quotations of Wisdom

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Napoleon Bonaparte

What is history but a fable agreed upon? [Q93]

Freeman Dyson

My first heresy says that all the fuss about global warming is grossly exaggerated. Here I am opposing the holy brotherhood of climate model experts and the crowd of deluded citizens who believe the numbers predicted by the computer models. Of course, they say, I have no degree in meteorology and I am therefore not qualified to speak. But I have studied the climate models and I know what they can do. The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans. They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests. They do not begin to describe the real world that we live in. The real world is muddy and messy and full of things that we do not yet understand. It is much easier for a scientist to sit in an air-conditioned building and run computer models, than to put on winter clothes and measure what is really happening outside in the swamps and the clouds. That is why the climate model experts end up believing their own models. [Q1914]

Thomas Paine

If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately. [Q266]

Scott Nesler

A spelling mistake should not diminish a valid argument. [Q1252]

David Lynch

Absurdity is what I like most in life, and there's humor in struggling in ignorance. If you saw a man repeatedly running into a wall until he was a bloody pulp, after a while it would make you laugh because it becomes absurd. [Q708]

Václav Havel

Many people hardly ever see a politician as a person anymore. Instead, a politician is a shadow they watch on television, not knowing whether he is speaking impromptu or reading a text written for him by anonymous advisers or experts from a screen hidden behind the cameras. Citizens no longer perceive their politician as a living human being, for they never have and will never see him that way. They see only his image, created for them by TV, radio and newspaper commentators. [Q1796]

Kurt Gödel

Learn to act correctly: everybody has shortcomings, believes in something wrong, and live to carry out his mistakes. [Q1967]

Lao Tzu

The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes. [Q2074]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. [Q1088]

Edward Teller

A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective. [Q738]

Václav Havel

Let us teach ourselves and others that politics should be an expression of a desire to contribute to the happiness of the community rather than of a need to cheat or rape the community. [Q1793]

Barack Obama

When each of us looks beyond our own short-term interests to the wider set of obligations we have to each other - that's when we succeed. [Q85]

Alexis de Tocqueville

The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express. [Q960]

Wendell Berry

Let us have the candor to acknowledge that what we call “the economy” or “the free market” is less and less distinguishable from warfare. [Q1337]

Jeremy Taylor

It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance, for it requires knowledge to perceive it; and, therefore, he that can perceive it hath it not. [Q718]

Donald E. Westlake

All of the changes in publishing since 1960 are significant. There are far fewer publishers. [Q1194]

Mohandas Gandhi

All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth. [Q555]

Andy Kaufman

What's real? What's not? That's what I do in my act, test how other people deal with reality. [Q233]

Plutarch

The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits. [Q787]

Buckminster Fuller

All of humanity now has the option to "make it" successfully and sustainable, by virtue of our having minds, discovering principles and being able to employ these principles to do more with less. — Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth [Q124]

Clarence Darrow

The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything. [Q1109]

Aristotle

The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching. [Q862]

Plato

Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder. [Q914]

Thomas Jefferson

An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry. [Q1372]

Thor Heyerdahl

Civilization grew in the beginning from the minute that we had communication - particularly communication by sea that enabled people to get inspiration and ideas from each other and to exchange basic raw materials. [Q1532]

Uncle Tom's Cabin

A day of grace is yet held out to us. Both North and South have been guilty before God; and the Christian church has a heavy account to answer. Not by combining together, to protect injustice and cruelty, and making a common capital of sin, is this Union to be saved,—but by repentance, justice and mercy; for, not surer is the eternal law by which the millstone sinks in the ocean, than that stronger law, by which injustice and cruelty shall bring on nations the wrath of Almighty God! — Concluding Paragraph [Q1900]

Aristotle

Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves. [Q857]

Friedrich Hayek

If most people are not willing to see the difficulty, this is mainly because, consciously or unconsciously, they assume that it will be they who will settle these questions for the others, and because they are convinced of their own capacity to do this. [Q1975]

John F. Kennedy

...if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children`s future. And we are all mortal. [Q1276]

Plato

The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort. [Q895]

David Hume

The rules of morality are not the conclusion of our reason. [Q1362]

Joan Didion

Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power. [Q2079]

Carl Sagan

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent to the concerns of such creatures as we. [Q229]

Jimmy Wales

People are not fundamentally bad. It only takes the smallest of correctives to take care of that tiny minority that wants to disrupt the community. [Q218]

Charles Lindbergh

If one took no chances, one would not fly at all. Safety lies in the judgment of the chances one takes. [Q1944]

Edward de Bono

Political thinking by its very nature is short-term and selfish (especially in a democracy). (from the book, I am right you are wrong. pg 39) [Q2008]

Caine

The cobra seeks to fix the eye of the bird before it strikes. In that moment of looking at each other each accepts his role, predictor and prey. Fear creates the victim. Yet something in the bird makes it seek the eye of the cobra. — Kung Fu television series 1972 [Q523]

Sam Ewing

When you finally go back to your old home, you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood. [Q2076]

David Hume

A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence. [Q1353]

Herman Hesse

In Germany I have been acknowledged again since the fall of Hitler, but my works, partly suppressed by the Nazis and partly destroyed by the war; have not yet been republished there. [Q996]

George Berkeley

That one idea may suggest another to the mind, it will suffice that they have been observed to go together, without any demonstration of the necessity of their coexistence, or so much as knowing what it is that makes them so to coexist. [Q1441]

A. J. Muste

We cannot have peace if we are concerned only with war. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life. [Q1868]

Sallust

Every bad precedent originated as a justifiable measure. [Q437]

Aristotle

The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more. [Q859]

Franz Kafka

By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself. [Q303]

Margaret Mead

I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings. [Q1421]

Winston Churchill

The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is. [Q690]

Mohandas Gandhi

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. [Q557]

Marshall McLuhan

Mass transportation is doomed to failure in North America because a person's car is the only place where he can be alone and think. [Q1465]

John D Barrow

People assume that because you have graced the same stage as the star act, in front of thousands, you must be reaping similar financial rewards. This is a complete fallacy. [Q1050]

Thomas Jefferson

Never spend your money before you have it. [Q201]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Speak what you think now in hard words and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. [Q426]

Noël Coward

It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. [Q2025]

John Dewey

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. [Q295]

Galileo Galilei

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. [Q930]

Democritus

By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich. [Q1163]

Mohandas Gandhi

I believe that a man is the strongest soldier for daring to die unarmed. [Q565]

Adlai Stevenson

He who slings mud generally loses ground. [Q1648]

Plato

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. [Q889]

Contact the Movie

I'll tell you one thing about the universe, though. The universe is a pretty big place. It's bigger than anything anyone has ever dreamed of before. So if it's just us... seems like an awful waste of space. Right? [Q1411]

Jack Kerouac

Offer them what they secretly want and they of course immediately become panic-stricken. [Q2099]

Claude Pepper

Life is like riding a bicycle; you don't fall off unless you stop pedaling. [Q1641]

Michel de Montaigne

I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind - and to work some of those contradictions out for myself. [Q1170]

Mark Twain

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. [Q1278]

Mohandas Gandhi

The moment there is suspicion about a person's motives, everything he does becomes tainted. [Q569]

Adloph Hitler

What good fortune for governments that the people do not think. [Q41]

Senator Paul Simon

The Illinois State Journal some time ago carried an editorial titled 'The Right to Know' suggesting Illinois enact a law similar to one in California requiring actions and deliberations of government bodies of that state be conducted in public ... I stressed over and over that the public had the right to know what decisions a public body reached and how they reached it. [Q1721]

Leo Tolstoy

War on the other hand is such a terrible thing, that no man, especially a Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of starting it. [Q1063]

Albert Einstein

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. [Q121]

Václav Havel

The recent period — and in particular the last six weeks of our peaceful revolution — has shown the enormous human, moral and spiritual potential, and the civic culture that slumbered in our society under the enforced mask of apathy. Whenever someone categorically claimed that we were this or that, I always objected that society is a very mysterious creature and that it is unwise to trust only the face it presents to you. I am happy that I was not mistaken. Everywhere in the world people wonder where those meek, humiliated, sceptical and seemingly cynical citizens of Czechoslovakia found the marvellous strength to shake the totalitarian yoke from their shoulders in several weeks, and in a decent and peaceful way. [Q1790]

Václav Havel

Our civilization has essentially globalized only the surfaces of our lives. But our inner self continues to have a life of its own. And the fewer answers the era of rational knowledge provides to the basic questions of human Being, the more deeply it would seem that people, behind its back as it were, cling to the ancient certainties of their tribe. Because of this, individual cultures, increasingly lumped together by contemporary civilization, are realizing with new urgency their own inner autonomy and the inner differences of others. [Q1804]

Aristotle

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. [Q837]

Freeman Dyson

I believe global warming is grossly exaggerated as a problem. It's a real problem, but it's nothing like as serious as people are led to believe. The idea that global warming is the most important problem facing the world is total nonsense and is doing a lot of harm. It distracts people's attention from much more serious problems. [Q1915]

Miles Davis

You can dominate a game if you dominate on the line... We're just going to have to go out there and work hard and blow people off the ball, and let our runners do what they do best. [Q2057]

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason. [Q661]

Richard M Nixon

We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy. [Q309]

Meister Eckhart

Words derive their power from the original word. [Q1639]

Lucretius

Pleasant it to behold great encounters of warfare arrayed over the plains, with no part of yours in peril. [Q1562]

Oscar Wilde

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. [Q624]

Noam Chomsky

The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people. [Q160]

Walter Cronkite

I think it is absolutely essential in a democracy to have competition in the media, a lot of competition, and we seem to be moving away from that. [Q498]

Elijah P. Lovejoy

But, gentlemen, as long as I am an American citizen, and as long as American blood runs in these veins, I shall hold myself at liberty to speak, to write, to publish whatever I please on any subject--being amenable to the laws of my country for the same. [Q2049]

Adlai Stevenson III

Some evangelicals are swayed, not by the evangelical virtues of Christian love, but by stem cell research, gay rights, and abortion. [Q1855]

Swami Vivekananda

As different streams having different sources all mingle their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to God. [Q1136]

Plato

There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands. [Q904]

Marshall McLuhan

Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it. [Q1453]

James Paul Warburg

We shall have world government, whether or not we like it. The question is only whether world government will be achieved by consent or by conquest. [Q1974]

J. Robert Oppenheimer

There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago. [Q322]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The clever reader who is capable of reading between the lines what does not stand written in them but is nevertheless implied will be able to form some conception. [Q1181]

Phil Jackson

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. [Q206]

Thurgood Marshall

Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper functioning of the adversary process. [Q754]

Václav Havel

The most important thing is that man should be the measure of all structures, including economic structures, and not that man be made to measure for those structures. [Q1772]

Mohandas Gandhi

Live simply so that others may simply live. [Q1311]

David Bohm

A change in meaning is a change in being. [Q395]

Jonas Salk

When things get bad enough, then something happens to correct the course. And it is that sense I speak of evolution as an error-making and error-correctiong process. And if we can be ever so much better — ever so much slightly better — at error correcting than at error making, then we'll make it. [Q489]

Howard Zinn

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism. [Q384]

William Gibson

Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts. [Q679]

Milton Friedman

The only relevant test of the validity of a hypothesis is comparison of prediction with experience. [Q281]

Miles Davis

I'll play it first and tell you what it is later. [Q2056]

Scott Nesler

Ignorance is the act of ignoring the collateral damage of one's belief and an apathetic attempt to seek the truth. [Q549]

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